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Movie theater stocks rally as drugmakers say vaccine is 90% effective

first_imgTo stay afloat, cinema chains have been renegotiating deals with lenders and landlords and developing creative ways to generate revenue.Most major cinemas are now offering up cheaper private theater rentals as a way to entice in reluctant moviegoers. Others have transformed parking lots into concert venues, launched trivia nights and even negotiated deals with local colleges to rent out the space for in-person learning. Noam Galai | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Movie theater chains got some good news on Monday morning — trial data indicated Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective.- Advertisement – The news sent AMC shares soaring as high as 80% in premarket trading before settling around a 50% gain after the opening bell. Cinemark shares were trading up about 52%, while Marcus Theatres and IMAX were gaining about 18% in early morning trading.The coronavirus pandemic has battered theaters since March, crunching their bottom lines and threatening to push chains big and small towards bankruptcy. As of the close on Friday, Cinemark shares were down 74%, AMC was down 66% and Marcus was down 75%.Last week, these movie theater chains reported third-quarter results, signaling yet another period of losses.- Advertisement –center_img With movie theaters hauling in less than a quarter of the revenue they were generating last year, AMC and B&B Theatres, the sixth-largest cinema chain, have both warned of the possibility of bankruptcy. Studio Movie Grill, a Dallas-based dine-in theater chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.The hope is that with a vaccine, Covid-19 cases will decrease substantially and audiences will be more willing to return to theaters. This, in turn, will give studios confidence to keep major film titles on the calendar. Without fresh content, moviegoers won’t return in droves.Still, a vaccine might not be widely available to the public until mid-2021. So, while the news is promising, it does not fix the near term issues that movie theaters are facing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


Stabbing lands man in hospital

first_imgAccording to police investigators,Mahinay and Lumangyao were having a drinking session when a heated argumentensued between them on Dec. 1.  Mahinay was brought to the CorazonLocsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for treatment.  Police identified the suspect as38-year-old resident Jerson Lumangyao. Officers of Police Station 7 conducteda manhunt operation against Lumangyao, who fled after the incident./PN This prompted Lumangyao to stabMahinay, police said.   center_img Bacolod City – A man was stabbed in Barangay Vista Alegre. The 43-year-old resident DamasinoMahinay sustained a stab wound on the back, a police report showed. Mahinay punched Lumangyao, the reportadded.   last_img read more


WBB : Pain relief: In turbulent life, basketball is Iasia Hemingway’s release

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Iasia Hemingway’s homesickness finally reached a tipping point.Her 15-year-old cousin, Bassemah, had been sick with cancer since Iasia first went to Georgia Tech. Bassemah wanted to follow in Iasia’s footsteps and play college basketball. The pair saw each other every day when Iasia was home. They were as close as siblings.‘If you fight this cancer,’ Iasia told Bassemah, ‘you’re going to make it.’But Bassemah was struggling to fight off the cancer. Iasia’s mother, Henrietta, tried to keep the news from her daughter. She knew it would tear her apart.But Iasia got updates from another cousin. And at the start of summer in 2008, that cancer cut Bassemah’s life short. It was all Iasia could bear to handle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was the final push Iasia needed. She decided then and there that she needed to be closer to home, closer to her family in Newark, N.J. Bassemah’s death brought her to where she is now, a starting forward and the third-leading scorer and rebounder for the Syracuse women’s basketball team.The transfer, though, has been just a small part of Iasia’s journey. And through it all, there has been basketball. Hemingway used the sport to help her navigate the streets of Newark and the hallways of Malcolm X Shabazz High School. She used it to overcome a learning disability, her family’s financial struggles and multiple deaths of loved ones.And as for the next step, she wants to use this basketball-driven journey to inspire others.‘I want to be a motivational speaker,’ she says. ‘Because if I can succeed, then, you know, why can’t you?’Playing with the boysOnce George Briscoe realized his stepdaughter was passionate about basketball, he injected himself into that aspect of her life with unusual methods. Briscoe, who started four years at Division III Stockton College, put Hemingway on the boys’ teams, which he coached from fifth to eighth grade.‘If you want to get better, this is where you have to go,’ he told her.Hemingway hated it. But she knew Briscoe was right. He soon started getting her up at 6 a.m. for runs through the park every day. It wasn’t long before Hemingway began getting up on her own, never complaining, always wanting to work.And that translated to early success on the court.‘She became very dominant,’ Briscoe said. ‘She started off blocking shots and rebounding. Because her physical presence was always there, she became physical with (the boys), just earning their respect, so her confidence started to take off.’Her Orange teammates see that physicality today. When she crashes the boards, someone typically ends up on the floor, whether it’s herself, an opponent or a teammate.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman calls her relentless on the glass. Senior guard Erica Morrow said she occasionally won’t even crash the boards, assuming her junior teammate will pull in the rebound.But for Hemingway, that unyielding persistence has been there from the beginning. Persistence from each rebound to each step in her journey.‘That’s how I was raised,’ she said. ‘Regardless of who’s in my way, I’m going to go after it.’A school without booksKeeping her daughter off the streets of Newark was one of Henrietta’s concerns. Keeping her safe at school was another.‘You know, Iasia, when school lets out, you stay in the gym,’ she used to tell Iasia during her freshman year at Malcolm X Shabazz. ‘You don’t go outside. … You really don’t know anybody. Don’t go out there.’Gangs cost Iasia some of her closest friends. She said in every one of her four years at Shabazz, at least one of her friends was shot. There were fights after school every day. Students showed up to class wearing brass knuckles. Iasia said Shabazz was bad academically. Its graduation rate sits at 38.6 percent.‘Coming from my school, we didn’t have books,’ Hemingway said. ‘We were lucky to find a book in the library that had all the pages. It was a struggle.’Even more of a struggle for Iasia. She always felt she was fighting something when it came to schoolwork. There was always something there, blocking her success. But she didn’t find out until college that she suffered from dyslexia.Still, none of it slowed down her basketball game. Shabazz was among the best in New Jersey during the four years Hemingway spent there. She was named New Jersey Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Scout.com ranked her a Top 25 recruit.Her parents wanted her to make it out of Newark. And basketball was the perfect way to do it.‘I just tried to keep Iasia busy and off the streets,’ Henrietta said. ‘That was my main thing. And she had a love for basketball, so that was just great.’Two Years, Too FarDespite being from a tight-knit family, Iasia wanted to go away for college. With multiple ACC schools recruiting her, she made it out of Newark. And Georgia Tech, 850-plus miles south, was her school of choice.For those first two years, the separation was tolerable. Her parents’ constant trips to home games nullified her feelings of homesickness.But it soon came crashing down.Henrietta was laid off from her job at Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2006, just a year before Iasia left for Georgia Tech. By 2008, it became clear she would not be able to afford the visits to Atlanta. And then Bassemah’s death hit Iasia hard.‘I really wasn’t focusing on basketball (after that),’ she said. ‘It was more thinking about back home. … So I was just thinking about how my family was doing and not really focusing on what was priority.’The separation was too much. And as Iasia’s pleas over several months became consistent, Henrietta knew her daughter needed to come back home.‘Now you’ve made the decision, and you’re going to have to live with that decision,’ she said of Iasia’s transfer. ‘And that’s my biggest thing because kids, a lot of parents like to make decisions for kids — I’m not that type of parent. … I always give her the opportunity to make the decisions for herself.’Home at the DomeIf it were up to Henrietta, her daughter never would have left New Jersey. She would have gone to college at Rutgers, just 40 minutes from Newark.That was too close in Iasia’s mind. She wanted to be close to home, but not right in her backyard.Syracuse was a possible fit. And Briscoe said it was a perfect match.And after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Hemingway is now a full-time starter like she was at Georgia Tech.‘I love it here,’ Hemingway said. ‘I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made.’Perhaps more importantly, she is only a four-hour drive away from Newark. Her mom has seen four Orange home games this year. The rest of the family will be at SU’s road contests against Rutgers and St. John’s in February.When she goes home, she often goes back to Shabazz, where her mom occasionally substitutes as a teacher. The school retired Iasia’s jersey after her graduation, and students ask Henrietta about her whenever she subs.When Iasia does visit, she tells the students about how she got to Syracuse, about her basketball-driven journey. And her message is simple: If she could do it, in spite of everything, so could they.‘This isn’t easy,’ Iasia tells them. ‘I came from the same school you’re from, and if I can do it, y’all can do it, too. You just have to stay focused. There’s going to be a lot of distractions, but mentally, you’ve just got to be focused. There’s going to be trials and tribulations. But you’ve just got to fight through them.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


Mission Mangal Batla House day 2 box office collection Both movies suffer

first_imgMission Mangal and Batla House day 2 box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotAfter an excellent start at the box office, both Mission Mangal and Batla House witnessed sharp decline in its collection on day 2.Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal has had a terrific opening at the box office on Thursday. The movie became Akshay’s biggest opener of all time by collecting Rs 29.16 crore at the Indian box office on the holiday of Independence Day.While the opening day earning of the film was actually above the expectation, range of fall in its collection on Friday is also surprising. The movie faced a decline of around 60 percent in its domestic box office collection on day 2, according to trade analyst Sumit Kadel.With screen count of around 2,000, Mission Mangal collected Rs 17.28 crore at the Indian box office on day 2.On the other side, John Abraham’s Batla House too suffered major downfall in its business on second day. While the film had made an impressive start with Rs 14.59 crore collection, its earning dipped by around 50 percent, Kadel stated. Batla House collected Rs 8.84 crore on Friday.Although the dip in box office collection of Mission Mangal and Batla House was expected as Friday was a regular working day, the extent of fall was a little surprising considering the excellent opening that both the films had received.Nonetheless, both the flicks are likely to witness good rise in business over the weekend. Mission Mangal and Batla House not only received positive reviews from critics, they are also being widely appreciated by the audience.last_img read more


Chuadanga BNP men hurt in clash with police

first_imgMap of ChuadangaAt least 10 BNP leaders and activists were injured in a clash with police in front of Kedarganj BNP office in Chuadanga on Saturday morning.Witnesses said BNP leaders and activists started to gather in front of the BNP office in the morning to observe their 40th founding anniversary.When they tried to bring out a rally around 11:30am police obstructed them, which triggered a clash between the two sides.At one stage, police charged baton on the BNP men to disperse them.When additional police super Md Kalimullah rushed to the spot along with additional force the BNP men fled the scene.Haji Rabiul Haque Bablu, member convener committee of district unit BNP, claimed that police charged baton on their peaceful rally which left 10 BNP men injured.last_img read more


3bn pledged for girls education at G7

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on 9 June. Photo: AFPPledges worth nearly $3 billion dollars to help vulnerable women and girls, including refugees, get an education was announced at a G7 summit on Saturday.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted his fellow leaders at a Quebec resort, called it “the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations.”Canada will provide $300 million of the total.The amount was more than feminists groups that met with Trudeau on the sidelines of the summit had asked for, earning the G7 praise from civil society groups and activists, including Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai who said it would “give more girls hope that they can build a brighter future for themselves.”The funds gives “young women in developing countries the opportunity to pursue careers instead of early marriage and child labour,” Malala, who was shot in the head while campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, wrote on Twitter.Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Julia Sanchez called it “a most welcome set of results, especially in the face of the tense political context that has dominated the summit.”The cash-to be spent over three to five years-will be used to train teachers and improve curriculums, track educational data, support innovative education methods, and boost women and girls’ graduation rates in developing countries.The G7’s closing statement also included a general pledge against ocean pollution by cutting down on plastic, although neither the United States or Japan put their names to a detailed timeline.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s president Emmanuel Macron said at press briefings that the goal was to have 100 percent recycling of plastics by 2030, and to develop more viable alternatives to plastic packaging.Merkel said that Washington did not want to commit to quantified targets. Japan did not immediately explain its position.The commitment of the G7’s four European countries-Italy, France, Britain and Germany-is in line with that of the European Union, which is looking to ban single-use plastic products and recycle 90 per cent of plastic bottles by 2025.last_img read more


Large mammal species live harder die out faster

first_img New species of lizard found in stomach of Cretaceous microraptor Researchers have discovered that small mammals, such as those similar to this dormouse, tend to survive longer as a species, while larger mammals tend to die out and/or evolve faster. Image: H. Osadnik. Explore further But overall, small mammals’ ability to hibernate or enter a state of torpor seems to give them the largest benefit for prolonging their species duration. As the researchers found, 41 of 67 (61 percent) extinct small mammal genera had some kind of hibernation ability, while only 15 of 50 (30 percent) extinct large mammal genera did. And the small mammals that didn’t hibernate had relatively faster evolution rates, as they were forced to cope with the elements. The longest living genera in the study were a mole, two gliding squirrels, and two dormice, which lasted about 16 million years, and all had the ability to burrow or hibernate. The tapir was the only large mammal that evolved at a slow rate more akin to the smaller mammals. Most large mammals that didn’t hibernate evolved into a new species or went extinct in just a few million years. The shortest duration in the researchers’ data was one million years. However, Stenseth noted that the truly short-lived creatures are invisible in the fossil record. He also explained that short-lived and long-lived mammals both have their own advantages and disadvantages.“The most diverse and abundant groups, such as the mouse-like (muroid) rodents, have high origination and extinction rates,” he said. “But slow evolvers like dormice are successful in their own way, and clearly very good at what they are doing.”In light of the current climate crisis, this study may help scientists predict which kinds of species are more vulnerable to climatic fluctuations, the authors explain. “There has been a steady loss of large mammals in recent times, and this trend is likely to continue,” said Mikael Fortelius, geology professor at the University of Helsinki and a co-author of the paper. “We are currently extending our PNAS study to include living mammals and hope to be able to present our results soon.”More information: Liow, Lee Hsiang;, Fortelius, Mikael; Bingham, Ella; Lintulaakso, Kari; Mannila, Heikki; Flynn, Larry; and Stenseth, Nils Chr. “Higher origination and extinction rates in larger mammals.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. April 22, 2008, vol. 105, no. 16, 6097-6102.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Recently, a team of researchers from Finland, Norway and the US has found that larger mammals seem to evolve more quickly than smaller ones – but the reason isn’t body size, per se. Rather, the scientists found that some smaller mammals have the ability to hibernate, burrow or hide in other shelters. In doing so, they effectively sleep through harsh environmental changes. Larger mammals, on the other hand, must endure the hard times when there’s little food or extreme weather. Their large size constrains them from digging burrows or lowering their metabolic rates for extended time periods. In a sense, larger mammals face the elements head-on like a fearless adventurer who might not make it through alive, and is forever changed by the experience.The finding – which is based on analysis of a large Neogene Old World fossil dataset – is somewhat surprising. On an individual level, large mammals tend to live significantly longer than smaller ones. For example, elephants can live up to 70 years, while shrews are lucky to reach two. Because of their faster generation times, small mammals should evolve faster, and small mammal species and genera should appear and go extinct faster – but this is not the case. “We believe the greatest significance of our work is showing that, contrary to expectation, small mammals do not evolve faster than large mammals, and that some of them actually evolve much slower,” Nils Stenseth, zoology professor at the University of Oslo, told PhysOrg.com. “The greatest potential significance is in the SLOH [sleep-or-hide] hypothesis – specifically in its implication that removing part of the environmental pressure slows down evolution quite dramatically.”Previous studies – some focusing on tropical mammals – have had mixed results on size-based evolution rates for fossil mammals, with some finding the opposite pattern and some finding no difference. One possible explanation is that large mammals in tropical climates don’t face such harsh environmental conditions, and so they may last longer and evolve more slowly. Further, smaller mammals in tropical areas may suffer from the increased competition, leading to more rapid turnover rates for them.center_img Citation: Large mammal species live harder, die out faster (2008, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-large-mammal-species-harder-die.html Throughout Earth’s history, species have come and gone, being replaced by new ones that are better able to cope with life’s challenges. But some species last longer than others, while others may die out sooner or evolve more quickly. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


1998Super League debut v Halifax Blue Sox on Augu

first_img1998:Super League debut v Halifax Blue Sox on August 30.1999: Sub appearance in the 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls.2000:Played in his first World Club Challenge v Melbourne Storm.Grand Final win over Wigan WarriorsPart of the England World Cup Squad2001: World Club Challenge win over v Brisbane BroncosChallenge Cup win over Bradford Bulls2002: Grand Final win over Bradford Bulls2004:Selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament.Challenge Cup win over Wigan Warriors2006:Man of Steel WinnerRugby League Writers’ Association Player of the YearSuper League Players’ Player of the YearChallenge Cup Final win over Huddersfield Giants.Grand Final win over Hull FCHarry Sunderland Trophy winner2007:World Club Challenge win over Brisbane Broncos.Super League Dream Team for the third season running.Challenge Cup win over Catalans DragonsLance Todd Winner2008:Challenge Cup win over Hull FCLance Todd WinnerEngland representative in the Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.2009:Granted a Testimonial2011:Made Captain2014:Surpasses 1000 pointsGrand Final win over Wigan WarriorsWello’s England Unique Number is 618; his Saints’ Super League Number is 44.last_img read more